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WCAB Annual Meeting - Summer 2021

WCAB's 2021 Annual Meeting will take place Thursday, June 24th. Following our annual report and voting on our new slate of officers, we will have four alums participate in lightning talks to engage our audience in four fascinating topics! WCAB is thrilled to offer this program virtually via Zoom and invite all alums to attend. 

When:   Thursday, June 24, 2021, 6:00–7:30 pm ET
Where:  Virtual Program, Zoom Link will be sent to you after you RSVP

Please click here to RSVP!


6:00 pm - Welcome
6:05 pm - Annual Report
6:15 pm - Vote on nominated slate of officers
6:20 pm - Lighting talks begin 
     Featuring: Allison Anastasio '98, Veronique Kherian '05, Helen Lyons '96, & Padya Paramita '18
7:00 pm - Discussion & questions
7:30 pm - Adjourn

Our Speakers:


Allison Anastasio '98
Chef Allison Anastasio of Last Bite Chef is a personal chef & culinary educator based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is passionately dedicated to nourishing families by providing them not only with nutritious foods prepared from-scratch, but also with peace of mind knowing that they have more time to sit with each other at the end of a long day over a delicious meal.  She has a passion for using local products and seasonal produce, showcasing intense global flavors, and she makes daily practice of reading, experimenting and tasting. Chef Allison delights in teaching people how to create delicious meals and in developing recipes that are perfect for the home cook. Read more about her at, Insta @chefallisonanastasio & FB @LastBiteChefLLC (Photo: courtesy of the speaker)



Veronique Kherian '05
Veronique Kherian (‘05) is a portrait and food photographer and content creator based in San Francisco, California. A former California attorney, she founded her cheese-centric blog, Miss Cheesemonger, in 2009, while working as a cheesemonger in a specialty cheese shop. She still runs it today. While striving to gain “influencer” status in the cheese world, she also began performing with local opera companies and photographing backstage happenings. She grew her photography business from people asking her to take their photos backstage. She still performs in opera and operetta productions, and has launched her own recital series, Miss Cheesemonger Sings, to combine her love of cheese and classical singing. The “Cheese Recital,” as Veronique likes to call it, is a cheese tasting and education experience where each piece of music Veronique performs is paired with a specific artisan cheese. 
While at Wellesley, Veronique majored in Economics and French, with a lot of dabbling in art history. Her studies there were the basis for what would become a clear guiding philosophy as a photographer and artist. Finding influence with painters like Rembrandt and John Singer Sargent, photographers like Gertrude Kasebier and Irving Penn, and composers like Marin Marais and G.F. Handel, she approaches each project deliberately, and with a strong classical influence.
As a writer and lover of social media, she also provides her social media management clients with content that speaks to their values and audience needs. 
Come say hi at @verokherian and @misscheesemonger on Instagram! (Photo: courtesy of the speaker)

helon lyons

Helen Lyons '96
Vermont Public Radio Classical’s morning classical host, Helen Lyons, is a Williston native. She holds a BA in Music from Wellesley College and Artist Diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has enjoyed an international singing career spanning three continents, performing in Europe, China, The Philippines and the USA. Locally, Helen has sung with The Vermont Mozart Festival, Burlington’s First Night, BARN Opera, and enjoys ongoing engagements around the state. Helen teaches private classical voice lessons at her South Burlington studio, and loves working with students of all ages and levels.  (Photo: DARIA BISHOP / FOR VPR)



Padya Paramita '18
Padya Paramita is a Bangladeshi writer, based in Brooklyn. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2018 and is currently pursuing an MFA at Columbia University, where she uses creative nonfiction to explore intersectional representation in the media. In April 2020, she co-founded Dream Glow Mag, a literary magazine inspired by the themes and messages in the work of the K-pop group, BTS. Her writing can also be found in them., Color Bloq, Xeno Zine, VRV Blog and more.  (Photo: courtesy of the speaker)

We're so excited to have you join us! Please remember to RSVP HERE!